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Backlash over books about race, gender hits Texas schools
Parents in several school districts across the state have campaigned against a number of books that address challenging subjects including social justice, race, and LGBTQ issues. Educators worry that these complaints will impact the access students have to literature that reflect their identities. The new law that went into effect September 1st requires teachers to offer “opposing” perspectives in any discussion of controversial topics; however, vague language has caused confusion for implementation at the school level.
A COVID vaccine for young kids could be available soon. How could it change Texas school protocols?
Schools across the state are working with infectious disease experts to educate families with accurate vaccine information. Experts say a higher vaccination rate in schools is the path to lifting mask requirements and other health protocols in place to protect young children. Texas public schools have recorded more that 185,000 COVID-19 cases so far this school year. 
Enrollment at Texas’ public universities inches ahead of community colleges for the first time since 1990s
Texas Community Colleges have seen a nearly 11% drop in enrollment during the pandemic. Lower enrollment has resulted in budget cuts for 24 out of 50 community colleges for the next two years. Fewer high school students taking “dual enrollment” classes during the pandemic has contributed to these declines.
National News
Schools are in desperate need of tutors. But qualified ones are hard to find
As schools work to implement Targeted Intensive Tutoring (TIT) to address learning gaps widened by the COVID-19 pandemic, districts are struggling to find qualified tutors. While certified teachers in-person are preferred, districts are opening up these part-time positions to volunteers and non-teachers to help fill the void.
White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11
The White House plans to distribute vaccines to 28 million children aged 5-11 as soon as health officials approve the reduced dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The plan includes making the vaccine available at over 25,000 locations including community health centers, as well as a campaign to educate parents about the vaccine. 
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